An International Stock Fund with a 6.9% Yield

The five-year run-up in U.S. stocks has been great for long-term investors already in the game.  For new investors, the run-up is less great: Value and yield have been largely wrung out of the market.  New money must scrounge and claw to unearth quality income stocks. As an income investor, I can sympathize with the … Continue reading An International Stock Fund with a 6.9% Yield

Use Dividend Growers to Beat the Market in 2014

I’m prone to enthuse profusely on the wonders of dividend growth. Time after time, I see rising dividend payouts followed by rising share price.  As the dividend payout goes, so invariably goes the share price. With that in mind, does bigger necessarily mean better? That is, the larger the percentage dividend increase, the greater the … Continue reading Use Dividend Growers to Beat the Market in 2014

Icahn Enterprises: An Income Investor’s Best Friend

When the opportunity arose to add Icahn Enterprises LP (NYSE: IEP) to the High Yield Wealth portfolio in July, I pounced like Michael Moore on an unattended Burger King Triple Whopper with cheese (1,300 calories, by the way). At the time, Icahn Enterprises had just hiked its distribution 25% to an annual rate of $5 … Continue reading Icahn Enterprises: An Income Investor’s Best Friend

Supremex: The Rare 33% Dividend Grower

When a stock increases its dividend, it’s only a matter of time before the share price jumps.  One overlooked Canadian dividend stock is raising its dividend by 33%. Thanks to the small size of this stock, most investors didn’t even notice. This creates a big profit opportunity for investors. And as I’ll tell you today, … Continue reading Supremex: The Rare 33% Dividend Grower

Retail Recovery Benefiting Income Investors

This hasn’t been the best year for U.S. retailers. But retail sales have undoubtedly been a major contributor to America’s post-recession recovery. U.S. retail sales have risen 20% since 2009, the year the Great Recession hit America’s economy hardest. Even with sales slowing in 2013, this year retailers are on track to surpass $5 trillion … Continue reading Retail Recovery Benefiting Income Investors

How Dividends Keep Companies Honest and Investors Wealthy

For all the reasons to own dividend stocks, this one might be the most important. Dividends are taskmasters. They force management to focus on its most important function: to maximize shareholders’ long-term wealth. This concept of dividend-as-taskmaster came to my attention a few years ago after reading a series of published lectures by the great … Continue reading How Dividends Keep Companies Honest and Investors Wealthy